Tuesday, September 5

Upcycled Chalkboard Signs

OK, so yeah.  I'm a trash picker.
I will definitely stop along the road if there is something in someone's trash I can reuse or repurpose!

And that's where I picked up the drawers to make these:
Vintage Display Shelves
and where I scored the wood for my Chalkboards signs!

These chalkboard signs are actually the ends or sides of kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets already had the old, flaky grayish-blue paint, which really gives them a vintage weathered look.
You could also use an old heavy picture frame or mirror. Heavy because you don't want the wind to blow the signs over.

All I needed to do to turn these cabinets into signs was apply the chalkboard paint and add a stand or brace to the back to prop them up.
The results are marvelous!

What You"ll Need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Cabinet frame or large heavy picture frame.
  • 2 x 2 board for the brace
  • L bracket and drywall screws
  • Drop cloth

Step One:
Add the brace or stand so the sign will stand upright.  I used a small L bracket and drywall screws so the brace can be easily removed for storage.  You could also use a hinge or build a frame around the bottom to make it stand upright. I just used what I had on hand.

The sign brace

Step Two:
Tape off the area you wish to paint. Smooth any rough areas on the surface as best you can.

Tape off area you wish to paint

Step Three:
Spray paint the area you wish to be the chalkboard. It may take a couple of coats of paint.

Paint with chalkboard paint

Step Four:
Remove the tape.

You are now ready to decorate the sign for:

  • Parties 
  • Parking or directions 
  • Shops or stores
  • Craft shows 
  • Weddings 
  • Farm Markets
  • Numerous other events

Sign is finished!

What is "upcycling"
"To reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original."

For our annual Halloween Party

The second one is used for a parking sign

I have used these many times already at the local farmers market and for parties.

For our New Hive Installation party

For a wedding, used in front of the venue
(Photo by Danielle)

Smudged after being used for a wedding

I'm not a person who has chalkboard everything in their home. I know, I know, it's been kindof trendy.  But I like to be able to actually have a purpose for things I make or else it be pleasing to the eye, like art or flowers.
So if some of the things I repurpose or create also happen to be "vogue", well then, bonus points.

We're enjoying the cooler weather here in Ohio and love that Fall is right around the corner!

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Vintage Display Shelves

The Longest Yard Sale in the World

Honey Cilantro Chicken Kabobs

Maple Leaf Quilt Block

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